Preparing for your Facetime Session with your Photographer: This current lockdown may be keeping me from photographing my clients’ important milestones in person, but it hasn’t kept me from experimenting with facetime sessions such as this maternity facetime session (below). These facetime sessions got my attention after seeing a couple of photographers in facebook groups post about them. As someone who thrives on being creative and trying something new, I knew that I had to be a part of this new “technique”. Keep reading if you are interested in booking one of these facetime sessions and how to prepare for your Facetime Session.
Preparing for your Facetime Session with your Photographer
So first of all, there are a couple of things that you, as a client need consider when preparing for your session. The three most important factors that I have guided my client through, are wardrobe, location & a trustworthy second shooter (if possible).
One of the the most important elements of a good photo, is the wardrobe. The colors and fabric can make a huge difference on setting the tone and color palette for the overall images. It can also affect the way your skin tones look after editing. When I photograph sessions, especially indoors, I always recommend neutral tones such as whites, beige, light grays. I also find that blues and soft pinks can add a nice pop of color. As far as fabric, texture is your friend. Mix it up. Sheers, chiffon, tweeds, and wool can have a lot of impact.
Before I started shooting this specific session, I asked my client to send me photos of 1-3 areas in her home that were the least cluttered and had the best light. Look around your home for pockets of beautiful light, large windows, bare walls, beautiful area with plants, and so on. You don’t want the background to take away from you as the main subject, so picking locations that have the least distractions is important.
I referred to the person holding the phone camera as a second shooter, but essentially, they are my second pair of hands as I am directing them. Choose someone that you are comfortable with, someone who can take direction well, and someone who will have the patience to hold the phone for the entire 30-45 minute session. (Shout out to this mama’s sister, who took on the role of my second shooter, during this session.)
If you are coming on an important milestone that you would like documented through facetime, contact me to schedule your session. 50% of all my facetime sessions support The El Paso COVID-19 Response Fund.